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The State had an $844 million budget surplus last year and the 4 counties are now asking the legislature to reinstate their share of tourism revenues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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A State Senate Committee advanced a measure today that would raise Hawai’i’s minimum wage.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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A grassroots unity rally was conducted at the State Capitol today to send a message to lawmakers that the health of the land and people should be the top priorities.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

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Sixty-five percent of jobs in Hawaii will require some college by the year 2018.  That, according to a study from Georgetown University.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the state unveiled its plan to deliver qualified graduates in the workforce.  

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The State Legislature has officially been in session for one week, and is already in the midst of the first round of hearings on a number of bills relating to Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Kaua’i County organizers are gearing up for a long fight.      

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State lawmakers are proposing legislation to change the structure and oversight of Hawai’i’s health insurance portal.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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A state lawmaker has introduced a measure to provide additional funding to combat internet crimes against children.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the bill is named for a victim from the East Coast who is sponsoring legislation nationwide.     

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A Think Tank consisting of lawmakers, developers, finance and government agency officials helped introduce 20 bills today relating to housing and homeless initiatives.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the key provision is funding.  

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The State’s Chief Executive addressed both houses of the Legislature today for his 4th State of the State speech.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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State lawmakers are in the midst of introducing more than 3-thousand bills before the cut-off next Friday. The bi-partisan Keiki Caucus unveiled its legislative package for 2014 today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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The Legislature convened for its 27th session today, with both Houses honoring more than 80 former lawmakers who served since Statehood 55 years ago.   But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the top issues for this upcoming session were also laid out by the legislative leadership.    

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The State Legislature convenes tomorrow and lawmakers are expected to introduce about 3-thousand bills for consideration.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, one of the measures receiving broad-based support has to do with rising sea levels.  

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Hawai’i’s first large-scale Urban Garden was planted this weekend in Kaka’ako.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has been tracking the progress of this first and only garden of its kind in the state. 

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There are 210 days left before the Primary Election and the race for Hawai’i’s U.S. Senate seat will be gearing up for what could be a close vote. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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State lawmakers were briefed today on a State Auditor’s Report that criticized the Hawai’i Tourism Authority late last year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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Hawai’i’s HOPE probation has become a national model for one simple reason:  IT WORKS!  That, according to its founder who is helping other jurisdictions implement the program.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.        

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A Hawaii Circuit Court Judge implemented a new felony probation program more than 9 years ago. It was the first and only one of its kind in the nation. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

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A New-Old Restaurant opened recently in Kaka’ako. It represents a bridge from Hawai’i’s culinary past and honors the gifts passed on by one generation to the next.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains. 

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The State Department of Health has received more than 580 same-sex marriage applications since the law was enacted three weeks ago.   One department official says he was surprised at that rate.  But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, marriage equality remains a controversial topic and change will not be overnight.   

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Phase One of the 801 South Street project will provide more than 600 so-called affordable work force housing units when it’s completed in about two years.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the people who believe home ownership in Hawai’i is an impossible task should take the advice of others who purchased a unit at 801 and view it as an opportunity of a lifetime.

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An affordable rental high-rise project in Kaka’ako is nearing completion.  A ground breaking ceremony was conducted in January and construction is 2-months ahead of schedule.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka got a preview of the building.

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Senator Daniel K. Inouye passed away unexpectedly one year ago today…after representing Hawai’i for more than five decades at our nation’s Capitol.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports many political leaders have fond memories of the state’s senior senator.

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Governor Neil Abercrombie submitted his administration’s supplemental spending plan for the next two fiscal years to the State legislature today.   Total spending equates to about 12 billion dollars each year.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

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State Department of Health Director, Loretta Fuddy, died in a light plane crash off the island of Moloka’i Wednesday afternoon.  The single-engine Makani Kai commuter plane, with 9 passengers on board, crashed into the sea about a half-a-mile from the Kalaupapa Peninsula.   Director Fuddy and Deputy Director, Keith Yamamoto, were flying back to Honolulu following their annual visit to the former Leprosy Colony.  The Department of Health conducted a short memorial service for their Director along with other state officials and the Governor.   Fuddy’s niece, Kimberlee Rene Greer, thanked the

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The Hawai’i Health Connector, the web-based insurance exchange portal set up to implement the Affordable Care Act, failed to meet its October 1st start-up date.  The system required two more weeks of tweaking before becoming operational.   A joint House Committee received an update on the system today and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there.

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The Honolulu City Council attempted to have more of a say on how money from the sale of public rental housing is spent.  The Council approved the initial sale proposal more than two years ago but introduced measures to change or stop the sale.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 35 years old this year, is continuing on its course toward self-determination and self-governance for the state’s recognized indigenous people.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the annual “State of the OHA” for this update. 

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Privately owned Ni’ihau Island residents are asking state lawmakers to help curtail fishing along their shorelines because their principle source of food is being depleted by commercial fishermen from neighboring islands.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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Survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of that “Day of Infamy” Sunday Morning.   A number of survivors have been in Honolulu for a couple of weeks volunteering and raising money.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

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The Hawai’i Community Development Authority approved construction of a second tower on the former Honolulu Advertiser lot on the corner of Kapi’olani Boulevard  and South Street.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there for the public hearing and decision making …   

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